"Toxic" deconstructed: A musical analysis of how Bollywood and James Bond fueled Britney Spears’ 2003 hit song. We spoke to classical Carnatic vocalist Manasi Prasad and classically-trained composer Adam Ragusea about the link between Indian music and spy music, and how these sounds are expertly weaved together in “Toxic” to create a campy pop masterpiece. From its instrumentation to its harmonic structure, “Toxic” is no ordinary pop hit. You know exactly what song it is as soon as you hear those high-pitched orchestral violin riff — that undeniably catchy hook that makes “Toxic” a DJ staple even today, over 15...
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